Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Holy Place Part II: The Lampstand

Exodus 25: 31-40; 27: 20; 37: 17-24; 39:37; Revelation 1: 12-16, 20

To bring back his soul from the pit, to be Enlightened with the light of the living.  
Job 33:30
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out
of his roots: Is. 11:1

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill  cannot be hidden; nor does  anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 5:14-16

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Jn. 1:4

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,  but will have the Light of life. Jn. 8:12  

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  Jn. 9:5

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light  in the Lord: walk as children
of light:  Eph. 5:8 

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that  God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5  

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  John 3:19

The Light of Your Presence 

I walk into the Holy Place and what do my eyes see
A Golden Lampstand a light by which all the darkness must flee
The Lamp stand is so beautiful I long to come and touch it
The almond pots of gold, the lily flowers, they were so lovingly writ

You are the Vine we are the branches it is told us in Your Word
Your Light is now in us to go and tell those that have not heard
We are the light of the world and the salt of the earth we must go and do
To lead the lost and the hurting to come into Your Light too

I will bring my oil and trim the wicks each and every day
To cut off that which hinders me and trips me up along the way
I want my path illuminated so that I may see
All that I must do and all I am to be

Oh Holy Spirit light my path and reveal Yourself to me
So I know which way to go and so that I may see
I prepare my lamp to be ready, for I know that He will call
I know the Bride Groom is coming with a Feast for one and all
By Piper Green
© 2003-2015 All Rights Reserved.

The Holy Place, the name alone is enough to send chills up and down her spine. Sarah has heard many accounts concerning the majestic Sanctuary. She takes in yet another deep breath in expectancy of what her eyes will behold. He lifts the curtained entrance to the Holy Place; also knit of white linen with blue, purple and scarlet. The curtain is like an artist’s canvas; intricately woven-awesome and beautiful. Sarah can’t believe her eyes; this place is more magnificent than any palace she had ever seen in Egypt. The columned halls and grandiose ornaments could not compare to what she is witnessing in this place. Words escaped her and she finds herself besieged by the presence of God. Her legs weaken as she endeavors to stand.

The only light in the Sanctuary is the Lampstand; it is positioned opposite the Table of Shewbread. Sarah’s eyes reflect the flickering flames as their shadows dance on the pure gold walls. The Lampstand illuminates the entire room, no other light can compare. Amazed at the grandeur, she basks in the presence of the Lampstand; she can feel the power of it illuminating her spirit. The joyful ones had gone before her, though some remained-still eating at the table.

Sarah’s attention is now turned to see the joyful ones as they come and tend the Lampstand. They pour the freshly pressed oil skillfully into the buds and charily trimmed the wicks; careful to trim just enough as to not snuff the flame. Just as he predicted, some stood at the opening; observing but would not come. The aroma in the Sanctuary is brimming with the fragrance of freshly baked Bread and frankincense. Intermittently a certain aroma she recognizes, but cannot recall, arouses her senses; she is not certain from where the scent is coming as it subtly conspires with the present aroma of the frankincense-seasoned Bread.

She cannot pull her gaze from the Lampstand; it is simply breathtaking. Her mind takes her back to Bezaleel and Aholiab; she recalls Moses following God’s instruction to anoint them with His Spirit to craft the pure gold instrument. It is crafted with a shaft in the middle and three branches on each side. Truly spectacular indeed is the design of the shafts and branches. What began as one piece of gold was molded and fashioned by these anointed men, just as clay is a lump in the hand of a potter. Each branch is formed with three knobs shaped as a pomegranate, with the exception of the main shaft which contains four. He instructs her concerning the symbols of the Lampstand. “The pomegranate symbolizes peace. Each branch has a bowl of gold shaped like an almond.” Sarah remembers the seam of the high priest’s garment, the pomegranate embroidered within. Each branch contains a bowl, a knob, and a flower. The almond- Oh yes, the budding rod of Aaron the High Priest. Sarah recalls that day like it was yesterday-God brought forth the flowering almond on Aaron’s rod. What a miracle! From that day forward no one dared again to question his position or authority.

This is the first time Sarah has seen the Lampstand since the day the Tabernacle was consecrated before the Lord, as the people of Israel watched with amazement at the power of Qedosh Yisrael; the Holy One of Israel. Sarah knows it is the duty of the priest to fill the oil lamps and trim the wicks every morning and evening. Pondering this in her mind quickens her to ask, “Where are the priests? They are to be tending the work here.” A smile appears upon his loving, gentle face as he replies, “Everyone who sees the Messiah and accepts their portion in Him is a priest. As you look upon the Lampstand, remember the main shaft represents the Messiah; the branches symbolize those that believe. Once you believe in Him you must let your light shine every day. Fill your lamp with oil, trim the wicks; you must care for your lamp as your very own. By your light you will lead others to the Messiah. If you let your light grow dim or go out, you can’t know the fullness of the Messiah or lead others to Him.”

Suddenly in her hands appears a vessel of oil. She looks to him for direction; he motions her to go to the Lampstand. She observes some of the joyful ones as they fill their pots with oil. However, there remain some that did not fill their pots full and carelessly neglected the wicks. She feels sad for them knowing their lamp will not burn long. Sarah does not want to neglect her lamp; she is honored by the task. She pours her oil to the top and carefully trims her wick; her light brightly shines. From that moment she purposed in her heart to come every day to refill her pot. He motions her on to the Altar of Incense. “Every time you trim your wick and care for you lamp you must also burn incense on the altar. The incense is prayer, true worship to God”. She approaches the altar and she is overwhelmed by the scent; she now remembers the fragrant aroma she could not recall earlier. The fragrances conjured up many memories of the Israelite’s trials in the desert. She can recall the day; a sad day in the history of Israel. Once again the people were grumbling against God and He sent among them a plague. Dead bodies lay everywhere-God purposed to annihilate His people. Because of the rebellion of Korah and his followers over fourteen thousand people died. More certainly would have died if Moses had not instructed Aaron to take fire from the altar along with incense and run through the midst of the people with the censor that stayed the plague. She recalls the same aroma from the censor of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. The fragrance is the most beautiful scent imaginable.

Many others came in to tend their lamps as well; she is amazed at how many came. Some of the few that before stood at the door and would not come, changed their minds and also came; Sarah was happy they decided to come, yet saddened that some would not. She did not understand how they could not after witnessing the blessings and miracles at each station. They remain deceived and lost. If only they would come to be illuminated by the Lampstand, they could see the truth, and the gifts God has for them. He has such a purpose for them, if only they would come.

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